First, I want to welcome and thank the handful of folks who have signed up to follow my blog, I find it kinda of exciting, and I hope I don’t disappoint! I have several posts in the works, including some goal setting, tutorials, and quilts that seriously need photos taken, so stay tuned! In the meantime I want to share a quilt I recently finished binding that has been in the works for about a year.
Many, many years ago my mom took my older sister and I to a local quilt show in Virginia. This was long before the quilting bug bit me, but as a crafty person I was happy to go and check out the quilts. At the time my sister and I were big scrapbookers, and paper was our drug. We walked around the vendors and fell in love with MODA right away, discovering our favorite scrapbook designers, Basic Grey, also designed lines for MODA. Our mom was nice enough to buy each of us a charm pack, and we both chose Neptune by Tula Pink. That charm pack has been on my shelf ever since.
Last year when I finally became all-consumed with quilting, I decided it was time to bust out that charm pack. At first I was going to make a small quilt, but quickly decided I *needed* to make it larger (I have a serious problem making quilts that don’t fit on at least a twin bed). I quickly called my sister and begged my older sister to send me her charm pack, which I knew she hadn’t used, and wouldn’t be using anytime soon considering she was having a baby, and working full time as a teacher. She was nice enough to send it to me and the planning began!
I came across Elizabeth Hartman’s Planetarium Quilt in Neutrals and knew it was the perfect choice for my Neptune. I went to work on the pesky hourglass blocks, naturally doing it the cheating way I found on pinterest via Red Pepper Quilts. After trimming down I ordered a bajillion shades of green and blue to decide on the border colors, knowing whatever I didn’t use would be perfect for my solids stash. I chose three and finally finished putting the top together at the Austin Modern Quilt Guild summer retreat in 2013. I sent it off to be quilted by Jessica at Remnants in the fall and its been sitting on my chair waiting to be bound since then. I finally finished binding it and am so excited with the final product! It fits in perfectly with my beachy obsession.
We don’t have snow in Austin, just really ugly brown grass. I’m hoping to take nicer pictures in the spring, but you at least get the idea! 🙂
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